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High Country Hop Technical Symposium – The Presentations

Ahead of the 2023 High Country Hop festival, Bridge Road Brewers put on a Technical Symposium sponsored by the Independent Brewers Association. We MC'd and recorded the day, and you can listen to all of the sessions here.

Six String: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

It wasn't easy for Six String to open the doors of their Central Coast brewery but, ten years on, their local community seems lucky to have them. Here, we invite founders Chris and Sharon Benson to reflect on their first decade of beers.

Range Go Out On The Patio

Range Brewing have a brand new Brisbane venue on the way, going by the name of Patio. We chatted with the team to find out about their plans for Paddington as well as their soon-to-open barrel room and function space.

Tribe Avoid Liquidation, Strike Deal Involving Kathmandu Founder

Tribe Brewing has avoided liquidation, with creditors approving a deal that will see just five cents to the dollar paid to unsecured creditors. The proposal was brought by a group led by the Elsie Cameron Foundation and VBS Investments.

Exit To Exit The Beer Industry

Nine years on from announcing themselves to the world with the first of many saisons, Exit Brewing are exiting the beer industry, stating they're no longer in a position to be competitive or viable in today's challenging market.

The IBA Put The Spotlight On Finding Indie Beer

The IBA has launched a new awareness campaign to help drinkers better identify indie beer. We chatted with the person leading the charge within the organisation about the campaign and the research behind it.

The Boxer and the Brewer

A veteran brewer with an overflowing trophy cabinet is now at the helm of Boxer Brewing, started by a winery on Mount Tamborine. Take a deep dive into what can happen when a champion brewer and winemakers rub shoulders.

Asahi To Close Green Beacon's Geebung Production Brewery

Asahi today announced they would be closing Green Beacon's production site in Geebung, with the brewery's production moving to other Asahi sites and their original Teneriffe brewpub.

Local Brewing Co's Melbourne Brewpub Opens This Week

The team behind Local Brewing Co are set to open their taproom this weekend in Melbourne's inner north. We spoke to a couple of the founders about their plans for the Clifton Hill space as well as their recent rebrand.

The Beer Slingers: Buddy's

It takes something to stand out from the crowd in today's beer and hospo market. For the mates behind new Newtown hangout Buddy's, they're aiming to do so with 30 self-serve taps, house party vibes and *checks notes* fairy bread.

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Eagle Bay Leap Through Hoops... Slowly

Eagle Bay have launched Hoops, a years-in-the-making series celebrating wild ferments, barrel-ageing and patience. We chatted to brewer Keegan Steinbacher about the passion project launched with a little help from 3 Ravens.

The Beer World Pays Tribute To Pops

The beer world has been paying tribute to one of its "special men", after brewer and mentor Neil "Pops" Whittorn lost his battle with cancer. We spoke to some of those who knew him best.

Who Brews At Mixtape?

Spooning Goats was a pioneering craft beer venue – not to mention one of the quirkiest joints in Sydney. And while it fell victim to COVID, the founders' vision lives on at Mixtape Brewing & Bar in Marrickville.

Meet The 2023 Pint of Origin Beer

After a few rounds of voting and much discussion within The Crafty Pint team, we have a name for the 2023 Pint of Origin beer. Congratulations to Tim Brady for his winning suggestion – which turned out to be the very first entry too.

Aussie Hops: An International Perspective

Australian hops can ignite plenty of passion among local brewers but they're not alone. Overseas, the likes of Galaxy are often in high demand. With hop harvest underway, we asked some international brewers for their thoughts on our hops.

The Garage Project Story

Garage Project and their beers are much-loved on both sides of The Ditch, with the Wellington-based brewery making a mark on a global scale too. Here, Pursuit of Hoppiness editor Michael Donaldson explores their incredible story.

Otherside To Open A Taproom At Perth Airport

Perth Airport is set to become a whole lot craftier this year, with Otherside Brewing announcing they are building a taproom inside Terminal 2. We spoke to the team about their forthcoming new Brewlounge.

Catchment Lead Consortium Bringing Ballistic Out Of Administration

Catchment Brewing have become majority owners of Ballistic Beer in a deal that will see the latter leave voluntary administration and continue operation. Ballistic founder David Kitchen is to stay on as a shareholder and advisor.

The Zythologist Find A Home

Melbourne's southeast continues its crafty rise, with The Zythologist set to open by the end of 2023. We caught up with two of the chemical engineers behind the operation to ask what's next for the brewery launched at Monash Uni.

A Day In The Life Of: A Beer Buyer

Being a beer buyer is an essential but somewhat hidden side of the industry and the kind of job that sounds as easy as they come. But, as Cherry Murphy explains, much work goes into deciding what makes the shelves at Blackhearts & Sparrows.

Brew & A: Rachel Freeman

Many brewers started making beer so they could drink something they couldn't buy but even as craft beer's availability has spread, craft beer still has a way of pulling people into the industry. Rachel Freeman's career in beer started at 18 and the Temple brewer remains as passionate an advocate as when she was selling beer behind a bar.

Fox Friday To Open Perth Brewpub

Fox Friday are set to open a brewpub in Perth, taking over Blasta's current site when the latter moves to a bigger venue in the coming months. It means the Hobart-based operation will have bases in three states by the end of 2023.

Name The Pint Of Origin Beer And Win!

Pint of Origin returns from May 12 to 21, 2023, taking over 20 of Melbourne's best bars and pubs. We'll be unveiling the lineup before the end of March, and before then we're offering you the chance to own a piece of this year's festival!

Blasta: Five Years In Five Beers

As Blasta turn five this weekend, it's a chance to reflect on a trophy-filled start to life driven by relentlessly high standards. Yet, with huge plans for the year ahead, founder Steve Russell is just as keen to look to the future.

Black Hops Top Beer Cartel's Australian Craft Beer Survey Again

Black Hops have topped the Australian Craft Beer Survey for the second time running, voted Australia's best brewery ahead of GABS Hottest 100 toppers Mountain Culture and BentSpoke by more than 14,000 people who took part.

Nail Acquire Billabong Brewery & Celebrate With A Trophy

Nail Brewing, pioneers of the Australian craft beer industry, have taken over another of the WA's longest-established breweries, Billabong. We chatted to founder John Stallwood as they enjoyed trophy success in Queensland.

Moffat Beach's Serial Winner Claims More Trophies

The serial trophy-winners at Moffat Beach Brewing Co have continued where they left off in 2022 with another haul of trophies at the Royal Queensland Beer Awards.

Tribe Breweries Goes Into Administration

Tribe Breweries has become the latest brewing company to enter administration. The company operates one of the country's largest production breweries, a $35m facility in Goulburn, NSW, and produces its own brands and others under contract.

Founder Jayne Lewis To Leave Two Birds

Jayne Lewis, who founded Two Birds Brewing with long-time mate Danielle Allen in 2011, is set to leave the game-changing operation in the coming weeks.

Crafty Crawls: Penrith & The Blue Mountains

Mountain Culture have helped turn beer lovers' attention towards the Blue Mountains in fine fashion. But as local boy Benny Kennedy-Cox discovers, there's much more of a crafty bent to be found in Penrith and the wider region too.

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The Collaborators: Pours Cocktails

Pours features three founders who could have easily come together to launch a brewing company but instead created canned cocktails. We chatted to two of them about the novel idea and how it all came to life.

Who Brews BOBs Beers?

From studying chemical engineering via a wine business in Bangkok and Singapore to opening a brewpub in the former Louis Vuitton store in Surfers Paradise, the story of BOBs Beer's genesis is one of the more circuitous.

Working Title To Open Brewpub in Newstead

After operating without a brewery of their own for two years, Working Title have found a home. They're set to move into Newstead Brewing’s soon-to-be vacated brewpub in Doggett Street, Newstead, on April 1. No joke.

CBCo Take Non-Alc Craft Beer To A New Low

CBCo have entered the alcohol-free space but the brewery's approach has seen them take a different path to most other breweries. We chatted to head brewer Ash Hazell about their new Alfa Laval De-Alc Module.

Behind The Sale The Wasn't To Be

A few days on from the surprise announcement that their proposed sale to Good Drinks was off, Stomping Ground co-owner Steve Jeffares spoke to The Crafty Pint about the background to the decision and their future plans.

Clare Burnett's Award-Winning Journey

Clare Burnett spent years covering the beer industry for Brews News so her name and voice will be familiar to many. As entries open for the 2023 AIBAs, she tells us about her journey from the UK to winning last year's Best Media trophy.

Who Brews Tiny Fish Beers?

When demand for his homebrew started to outstrip the rate at which he could make it, Brett Whiting decided it was time to step up. So he launched Tiny Fish, bringing a bunch of the mates who'd been enjoying his homebrew along for the ride.

Good Drinks' Acquisition Of Stomping Ground Called Off

In a surprise announcement, Good Drinks and Stomping Ground have said they won't be going ahead with the proposed acquisition announced last year.

Newstead To Leave Their Doggett St Brewpub

Next month marks the end of an era for one of Brisbane's pioneering craft breweries, with Newstead moving out of their Doggett Street brewpub to focus on their Milton brewery venue. We chatted to the team about their future plans.

Spicy, Beery & Barrelicious

Craft beer and hot sauce share a surprisingly close bond and now one former head brewer has collaborated with his old workplace to break the barrier down further. Check out The Village Pickle's collaboration with Brisbane Brewing Co.

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The Craft & Co's Preston Taproom Opens

The Craft & Co opened their Preston venue on the weekend, with the taproom adding to the Melbourne suburb's considerable crafty credentials. We chatted to founder Paul Baggio about the space and their future plans.

Who Brews Whale Rock Beers?

It started out as a way to liven up a COVID lockdown but, with a helping hand from the team at Frenchies, the three-dads-escaping-lockdown-boredom-by-homebrewing has already morphed into Whale Rock Brewing.

Crafty Crawls: Darling Harbour & The Rocks

In the heart of Sydney and keen to enjoy some waterside views with a local beer in hand? Well, whaddya know... here's a guide to just that. Join us for a tour of the craftiest spots in Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

Under Pressure: A Perfect Storm Brewing For Beer

Today's excise tax hike completes the biggest financial year rise in decades, yet it's just one of myriad pressures on the local industry. We examine the "perfect storm" engulfing a beer world facing a fourth straight year of harsh challenges.

Who Brews & Blends Barrel Shepherd Beers?

Wollongong has always been a manufacturing city but these days it feels like much of that production is beer. The Barrel Shepherd has joined the city's thriving beer scene, bringing with it a unique tale and love for barrels, local fruit and yeast.

Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022: Analysis

Mountain Culture have scored an incredible top spot with their Status Quo in the 2022 GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll. Here, we dig deeper into the top 100 to see what it can tell us.

Mountain Culture Storm The GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022

We have a new winner in the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll for 2022, with Mountain Culture achieving a staggering result and blasting straight into top spot. Balter XPA finished second ahead of BentSpoke's Crankshaft.

Crowdfunded Brewery Future Magic Opens Today

The Future Magic team open the doors to their Brisbane brewery today. They launched their operation on the back of a crowdfunding campaign, so we chatted with co-founder Sean Astill to find out more about their approach.

Ballistic Beer Goes Into Administration

One of Queensland's most high profile independent brewing companies has gone into voluntary administration. According to a filing with ASIC dated January 24, Ballistic Beer Co have appointed PKF Melbourne as administrators.

Going Green: Bearhug Pallet Wrap

Plastic is often a necessary evil in the beer world: it can help keep beer safe but often ends up in landfill. It's an issue being tackled by Bearhug Pallet Wrap, a startup looking to move beer safely while cutting out single-use plastic.